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Holding On To The Promise

Posted: April 1, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Where would we be without the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ? What hope will we have? Praise be to You O Lord my God for through You we have eternal life! This is the promise I hold on to.

My faith this Easter is greatly strengthened and renewed. When I saw the faith of a dear sister who desired greatly to receive Jesus in the Eucharist before returning to Him. The great and powerful consolations I received at her wake knowing that she is indeed with Him.

So as I witnessed the indignity and suffering of my aged Father today. Who once stood tall, is now bent over. Who is half blind and whose muscles have begun to atrophy greatly. While I weep for him in my humanity and for his. He is still my hero, my inspiration. For he possesses a fighting spirit, a Christian one!

And so I hold on dearly to the promise, as I recall and sing the beginning of the Benediction. The song of Adoration I so loved in my childhood and youth; whose lyric had only crystallised in my adulthood “Down in adoration falling, This great Sacrament we hail; Ancient types have long departed. Newer rites of grace prevail; Faith for all defects supplying, Where the feeble senses fail.”

Praise be to You my Lord Jesus Christ! My Redeemer lives and so do I! Amen

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 1, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


“For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’”  Jesus!

What a bold proclamation by St Peter indeed!  How was he filled with such conviction, such courage? Yes the Holy Spirit was key but most importantly it came from the deep relationship he had with the Lord our God.

Is it not true that we who have encountered the Lord have experienced the very salvation St Peter spoke about. Yet  timid are we at sharing that very same truth with others who needs salvation.

Let us sinners that we are, jump into the salvific waters of our baptism and rise anew with our Lord Jesus Christ. And through the graces we receive by the sacraments He bestowed upon us. We will without breaking, gently, lovingly lead the large haul of believers home to Him.

Jesus just as You nourish us daily, let us too feed your lambs and sheep. Amen

First reading
Acts 4:1-12

While Peter and John were talking to the people the priests came up to them, accompanied by the captain of the Temple and the Sadducees. They were extremely annoyed at their teaching the people the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead by proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. They arrested them, but as it was already late, they held them till the next day. But many of those who had listened to their message became believers, the total number of whom had now risen to something like five thousand.

  The next day the rulers, elders and scribes had a meeting in Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, Jonathan, Alexander and all the members of the high-priestly families. They made the prisoners stand in the middle and began to interrogate them, ‘By what power, and by whose name have you men done this?’ Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, addressed them, ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today. This is the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone. For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’

John 21:1-14

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’ They replied, ‘We’ll come with you.’ They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night.

  It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. Jesus called out, ‘Have you caught anything, friends?’ And when they answered, ‘No’, he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’ So they dropped the net, and there were so many fish that they could not haul it in. The disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’ At these words ‘It is the Lord’, Simon Peter, who had practically nothing on, wrapped his cloak round him and jumped into the water. The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net and the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.

  As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there, and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Jesus said, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, ‘Who are you?’; they knew quite well it was the Lord. Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.